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First Observation of Acceleration of Electrons by a Laser in a Vacuum

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Using the BNL Accelerator Test Facility we have shown that a tightly focused laser on a vacuum can accelerate an electron beam in free space. The electron beam had energy of 20 MeV and the CO2 laser had energy of about 3 Joule. In the readout of the experiment we detect a clear effect for the laser beam off and on. The size of the effect is about 20% and is reproducible over many laser and beam shots. This is a proof of principle and the data are fully consistent with the CAS theory. The results of this experiment may have an impact on the LASER fusion method.

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D. Cline, L. Shao, X. Ding, Y. Ho, Q. Kong and P. Wang, "First Observation of Acceleration of Electrons by a Laser in a Vacuum," Journal of Modern Physics, Vol. 4 No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2013.41001.


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